A Winter’s Tale: Ghosts of the Upper West Side

A Winter’s Tale: Ghosts of the Upper West Side

Shadowy forms that fly through a dark library, raucous unearthly music in Central Park, a bicycle bell that rings itself, a mysterious seamstress — these spectral tales and others will be our winter fare for a dark February evening. Writer Maria Dering has collected...
Ignatz Pilat:  First Gardener of Central Park

Ignatz Pilat: First Gardener of Central Park

Central Park guide Ron Korcak introduces us to Ignatz Anton Pilat, selected in 1857 as the park’s first chief gardener. This was no “guy with a shovel”. Pilat came to the U.S. from the Botanical Gardens of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. He brought with him a...
Upstairs: The Artists & Studios of the Hotel des Artistes

Upstairs: The Artists & Studios of the Hotel des Artistes

Artist-writer Robert Hudovernik, who spent years researching the famed Hotel des Artistes at One West 67th Street, shares some of the hundreds of archival photos he unearthed for his just-released book Manhattan’s Hotel des Artistes: America’s Paris on West 67th...
Architectural Styles of the Upper West Side

Architectural Styles of the Upper West Side

The gorgeous Upper West Side is home to an architectural assortment of historical and modern styles, making it a favorite for buyers, renters, visitors, and architecture fans. We all love the Apthorp, the Beresford, the Belnord, and the Langham, but do you know which...
How to Map your Subway

How to Map your Subway

The New York City subway is big. It’s complex. Even for the strong of heart, mapping the system and making it understood can be a monstrous undertaking. Case in point: There are over 470 subway stations, with 25 separate lines. Some lines don’t operate all...